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Under the Bright Lights by Daniel Woodrell
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Recommended for: Hard-core noir fans who like something more offbeat
Read from April 02 to 07, 2011

This isn't my favorite of the literary projects (Winter's Bone) by Mr. Woodrell that I've read in my noir selections by the different leading authors. The plot loosely follows a bayou homicide dick named Rene Shade investigating a double murder in St. Bruno, a remote, hickish town in rural Louisiana. The rough antics and hardboiled dialogue remind me a little of Chester Himes' Harlem cop partners, Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones. The prose style is slangy, so you may find yourself rereading certain phrases and words. But I smiled over some very funny lines, and the energy I saw at work here kept it a fun enough read. More titles by this author are on my TBR list.
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Josh Stallings I love Woodrell's prose and use of country setting and dialect, he makes noir feel fresh. I have fondness for the hapless crooks in Tomato Red http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/76...


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Ed Josh wrote: "I love Woodrell's prose and use of country setting and dialect, he makes noir feel fresh. I have fondness for the hapless crooks in Tomato Red http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/76..."
Right. I liked Winter's Bone and The Death of Sweet Mister. I'll look for Tomato Red in our library.


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Susanmu I loved Woodrell's writing in Winter's Bone - not a word out of place (and thought the film was also very good). I'll have to add The Death of Sweet Mister and Tomato Red to my list of To Be Read.


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